Cash was already teetering on the brink of oblivion. COVID-19 just kicked it over the edge.
The fear of fomites (viral particles passed via surfaces) has much of Australia paying with anything but physical money these days. Tap-and-go is ascendant.
But the trend has been around longer than the virus. The Reserve Bank has been tracking how we pay for things. As well as the obvious -- the near-total demise of cheques -- it has seen a huge and rapid shift in payments from cash to cards, as the next graph shows.